Let Us Pray
A Letter from Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt
Over the past two years, we have been working diligently as a congregation to get our name out into the community in positive ways and to improve our engagement with community organizations. We are doing that, and it is making a difference in the life of our congregation.
At the same time, it's clear (at least to me) that we've neglected our own self-care — as both individuals and as a community when it comes to following Jesus. And that's okay. In fact, it's what happens when you focus on others. But, 2022 is where we begin to correct that.
We are launching a year of discipleship emphases, which is a fancy term that refers to following. It's in our mission statement, and we're on a mission to make ourselves stronger and more capable followers of Jesus.
We begin with prayer
, and the exhortation to Pray Daily
. If this is already a practice of yours, great! If not, this is the time to experiment with new ideas and ways of praying to find what works for you. On our website
, you'll find a new Prayer Playlist (on Spotify and YouTube) consisting of songs about prayer that may help to motivate and refresh your thinking on the subject, as well as a Top 5 list of apps for your smartphone or tablet that relate to prayer.
What are you praying for today? This week? What can we be praying for, for you? I sincerely hope that you are including Zion and Evergreen Academy in your daily prayers.
I am intentionally praying every day that God would lift up leaders from within our congregation to serve on our council. I'm praying for our next pastor, whoever he or she may be, because God already knows. I'm praying for those who can't make it to worship because of their age or health. I'm praying for our new faces and new members that are looking for ways to make their imprint on our community. And, I'm asking you to pray for all of this with me. Every moment of the day is the right time, so why not right now?
Let us pray...everywhere and every way — together,